King of Jazz

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Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of... read more

Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers—all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson. Presented here in the most complete form possible and restored to its original early-Technicolor glory, King of Jazz offers a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.

Original Release

04/20/1930

US Release

04/20/1930

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Cast

John Boles 'It Happened in Monterey') / Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn'
Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman
Laura La Plante Quartet Member, 'Nellie' / Editor ('Ladies of the Press') / Stenographer ('In Conference')
Jeanette Loff 'A Bench in the Park') / Vocalist ('It Happened in Monterey' / 'Bridal Veil'
Glenn Tryon Husband ('A Dash of Spice') / Executive ('In Conference') / Unmarried Husband
William Kent Man in Closet ('A Dash of Spice') / General ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Goldfish Owner ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Unmarried Couple's Offspring / Meek Husband ('Do Things For You') / Vocal ('Do Things For You')
Slim Summerville Charles / Automobile Owner ('Springtime') / Rear End of Horse
The Rhythm Boys Vocal Group
Kathryn Crawford Wife ('A Dash of Spice') / Fourth Reporter ('Ladies of the Press')
Carla Laemmle Chorine (as Beth Laemmle) / Chorine
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Murray Anderson, Walter Lantz

Writers

Charles MacArthur, Harry Ruskin, Edward T. Lowe Jr.

Cast

John Boles 'It Happened in Monterey') / Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn'
Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman
Laura La Plante Quartet Member, 'Nellie' / Editor ('Ladies of the Press') / Stenographer ('In Conference')
Jeanette Loff 'A Bench in the Park') / Vocalist ('It Happened in Monterey' / 'Bridal Veil'
Glenn Tryon Husband ('A Dash of Spice') / Executive ('In Conference') / Unmarried Husband
William Kent Man in Closet ('A Dash of Spice') / General ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Goldfish Owner ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Unmarried Couple's Offspring / Meek Husband ('Do Things For You') / Vocal ('Do Things For You')
Slim Summerville Charles / Automobile Owner ('Springtime') / Rear End of Horse
The Rhythm Boys Vocal Group
Kathryn Crawford Wife ('A Dash of Spice') / Fourth Reporter ('Ladies of the Press')
Carla Laemmle Chorine (as Beth Laemmle) / Chorine
Stanley Smith 'A Bench in the Park') / Bridegroom ('Bridal Veil'
Charles Irwin Himself, Announcer / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Announcer
George Chiles 'Ragamuffin Romeo') / Dancer ('It Happened in Monterey' / Vocalist 'A Bench in the Park'
Frank Leslie Quartet Lead Singer ('Nellie')
Walter Brennan Quartet Member ('Nellie') / Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore!') / Front End of Horse
Churchill Ross Quartet Member ('Nellie')
John Arledge Quartet Member ('Nellie') (as Johnson Arledge) / First Pianist at Giant Piano ('Rhapsody in Blue') / Quartet Member ('Nellie')
Al Norman Rubber Legs Dancer ('Happy Feet')
Jacques Cartier Voodoo Dancer ("Rhapsody in Blue")
Nell O'Day Dancer with Tommy Atkins Sextette / Dancer

Producers

Editors

Robert Carlisle

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